St Etienne are Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell on vocals; it's very hard to pigeon hole them, as every track is different, but one thing they do have is that underground Brit-pop sort of grittiness.
For me, it all started when I heard "Only Love Will Break Your Heart", a dancey number - and a Neil Young cover, done beautifully by Sarah. Listening to this album does make you think "I've not heard that in a long time" which is good in ways, but it just reminds you why did they never break the big time, there's really some good moments - with hints of Pet Shop Boys (Who Do You Think You Are for example, could have easily fitted on their Introspective
album) and a lot of different genres, even some rather dated Italian House and latin-house, which didn't really work for me.
There's also the chart hit "He's On The Phone", which though cheesy, is a really good piece of pop music, with great harmonies. You also get some dreamy tracks like "Like A Motorway", which fits in nicely with vocal dance music we get now.
Altogether there are 35 tracks here, chartering three decades of the groups successes, and their experiments which went not to plan (well, my opinion anyway). I like the way they have a dreamy sound, with typically 60s French lyrics from Sarah, even has the voice - which is a big plus. Their music never stagnated in one genre, which makes this a good listen on a Sunday morning with your coffee.
Worth checking out.